Ok, so no poetry today. However, if you could use a laugh at someone else’s expense, you should still read my post from earlier.
Despite recently learning that it is ill-advised, I still intend to post Chapter 1 in its (censored) entirety tomorrow. Perhaps I should quickly explain. I am the epitome of a novice writer. I have no idea what I am doing. I have a story in my head that wants out so I’m putting it to paper. It has been a while since I posted The First 1100 Words. The moment I did that, it was already too late. I just found out that publishers do not like it at all when any piece of your novel has been published: “Published is published”. Since I didn’t know what I didn’t know, the damage is done. This thing will probably be self-published anyway so I’m not fretting too much. Having said that, I only plan to “give away” the first chapter. Beyond that, you’ll have to volunteer to be my editor, agent, publisher, or a book reviewer to read the rest for free.
Regarding the censoring… I’ve said it before, the sexual material in my book is not gratuitous. It is graphic but not shocking. It is included to further the story, to help you understand the characters, their motives, and their relationships. However, it certainly isn’t appropriate for children under the age of 18. I always warn the reader in these posts, but that’s all I can do to deter little eyes from peeking. Therefore, I feel it is responsible to save that material for those adults who buy the book when it’s finished. I’m NOT censoring language. That takes too much away from the story. Many of my characters are con-men, thieves, and killers. They swear. So I’ll say it again… 18 and up only please!
Ok, regardless of the fact that I may be grounding my career before it ever takes off, I am excited to share the first chapter with you. It is my hope that those of you who give it a “meh” or even a full “thumbs down” will be willing to share constructive criticism. (please note: there is a difference between being constructive and being mean) I also hope that those of you who like it, or even, dare I say, love it, will be anxious to read more once the book is finished. I’m slowly getting there.
As always, thank you for reading my friends. Please, come back tomorrow!